Microsoft lists big-name indie studios coming to Xbox One, includes Double Fine, Crytek, and more

Over 50 developers lined up to bring indie content to the Xbox One in 2014.

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The Xbox One has already launched, but the work on services for the console continues. Microsoft’s indie development platform, ID@Xbox (independent developers at Xbox), revealed some of the studios they’ve already lined up to bring games to Xbox One starting in early 2014.

Chris Charla, director of the indie program at Microsoft, wrote today on the Xbox news wire, “We've had thousands of developers express interest in ID@Xbox, and we continue to make some big strides to lower the barriers for independent developers to self-publish on Xbox One.”

Microsoft has already sent out dev kits “to more than 50 studios” stretching “from Japan to Finland.” We’ve listed out a few of the studios involved in the program alongside some of their more notable previously published (or soon-to-come) games, which should give a pretty good indication of the titles ID@Xbox will have to offer:

  • Inis -- Japanese developer of Lips and Elite Beat Agents
  • Comcept -- Japanese studio headed by former Mega Man developer Keiji Inafune
  • Vlambeer -- Super Crate Box and Radical Fishing
  • Double Eleven -- LittleBigPlanet for Vita and Frozen Synapse remake
  • Slightly Mad Studios -- Need for Speed: Shift
  • Born Ready -- Strike Suit Zero
  • Crytek -- the developer behind Ryse: Son of Rome, “now want to pursue self-publishing.”
  • Happion Labs -- Energy Hook
  • Definition 6
  • Team 17 -- Worms series
  • Panic Button -- Injustice: Gods Among Us Vita version
  • Double Fine -- Brutal Legend, Pyschonauts
  • Drinkbox -- Guacamelee
  • Team Colorblind -- flash-based games developer
  • Signal Studios -- Toy Soldiers
  • Zen Studios -- Star Wars Pinball, Kickbeat
  • Bongfish -- Motocross Madness
  • Halfbrick -- Jetpack Joyride
  • Ninja Bee -- A Kingdom for Keflings
  • Zeboyd Games -- Cthulhu Saves the World
  • Nicalis -- Cave Story
  • The Men Who Wear Many Hats -- Organ Trail
  • Iron Galaxy -- Divekick
  • Jackbox Games -- You Don’t Know Jack series
  • High Voltage Software -- The Conduit
  • Capy -- Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery, Below
  • Behaviour -- Naughty Bear
  • Hidden Path -- Defense Grid: The Awakening, Age of Empires II HD
  • Gaijin Games -- Bit. Trip series
  • The Odd Gentlemen -- The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom, Wayward Manor
  • Way Forward -- Shantae, Adventure Time
  • Other Ocean -- RAD Boarding

Charla noted, “This first wave of developers is just the start. We want to make Xbox One a great platform for developers of all scales and sizes for years to come. We’ve been amazed at the response from developers to ID@Xbox, and we really appreciate their patience as we ramp up the program.”

Discussion

455 comments
XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

I hope this means we'll get the DayZ standalone on X1, please don't let Sony leech onto this one.

Frederick Quatman
Frederick Quatman

David Chang Sony has to promote indies. What else would the PS4 have right now if not for indies and ported free-2-play PC titles? It wouldn't be much.

David Chang
David Chang

The fact that Sony is promoting indie more makes me gravitate towards them... Alot of their first party guys started off as indies...

raiden3788
raiden3788

Since when is Crytek indie. Being such a large company that self publishes, does not make you "indie" in any way, other than a technicality.

willjohnboy
willjohnboy

It's great that the indie developers have another platform that's giving them so much love and giving them the chance to showcase their talents to a wider audience, however it's interesting to see that the Xbox fans are overjoyed by this news when the main insult they throw at the Sony fans before this news was revealed was "Indiestation" (only based on the fact the PS4 was lacking in the exclusive department even though the majority of Sony's exclusives was recently released on PS3 and forgetting the 35+ exclusives that are coming out in the next few years) and "indie games don't matter", guess they do matter now that the Xbox one is getting them huh (even though the Xbox 360 had the most and best indie games, which over the past few years was really the only thing the Xbox 360 had other than multiplatform games due to the lack of exclusive games sorry but it's the truth), That's why i like being a collector It's great I get the best of Console and PC games whether they are a full blown blockbuster game or a small indie game, and i don't care what platform there on which is what it should be for everyone and hopefully some day it will.

stev69
stev69

Doublefine and MS? Can't see that ending well.

John Gulla
John Gulla

wait now after the launch and not before?

Reza Armstrong
Reza Armstrong

Better not got £55 like the dumb angry birds port does.

Agito Yoshiro
Agito Yoshiro

So were all the Xbox fanboys that bashed all the indies coming to the PS4? I honestly don't think they can backtrack and say its good now.

MatthewSnyder86
MatthewSnyder86

Crytek is indie? Since when, they have the most advanced graphic engine. Double Fine, I don't see that, has connections to celebs.

ignman23
ignman23

PS3 3,721,640 (-2%) 728,483,600

XOne 3,246,484 (N/A) 3,246,484
X360 3,234,026 (-1%) 805,207,907
3DS 1,736,012 (+69%) 106,052,473
Wii 1,363,101 (+24%) 853,130,701
PC 885,509 (+8%) N/A
WiiU 841,203 (+129%) 12,598,120
DS 774,434 (+9%) 768,066,878
PS4 439,503 (-83%) 3,032,449
PSV 303,968 (-30%) 16,415,964
PSP 285,821 (-23%) 278,449,758

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

'big-name indie studios' -sounds like an oxymoron

jacquelineferre
jacquelineferre

"Microsoft lists big-name indie studios coming to Xbox One, includes Double Fine, Crytek, and more"

I didn't know Crytek was pursuing self-publishing.

idosofacility
idosofacility

its past time developers ditch publishers… ALL the money in the world get stuck in the middle man…. the one that don't create or produce anything.. just handle it and suck it in!

Gamer Pessimista
Gamer Pessimista

Sony loves indies… I wander if all the love they are getting from sony is enough to feed their families. #guessnot

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

No Supergiant Games???

Guess I have to buy a PS4 for Transistor.

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

Sorry , but Crytek and others are not "indie". If you call a developer who develops and publishes their own games no matter the size of the "company", then EA and Ubisoft are also "indie". Microsoft has a very loose definition of "indie" compared to Sony.

Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

In the news section, next to this headline is a picture of fan service; I clicked, and it was nowhere to be seen.  GS goes on about objectification in games but this makes them look like it's okay for them to use sex to get what they want.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

Perhaps Double Fine could teach Crytek how to put a little more gameplay under their graphics?

Michael John Schmidt II
Michael John Schmidt II

Which I'm not trying to hate on Xbox, I'm just trying to state fact so don't go all fanboy on me.

Michael John Schmidt II
Michael John Schmidt II

I didn't see this coming at all really. From what I know Microsoft doesn't really care about most indie games. That's why they didn't get Journey. Looks like there trying there best to catch up with Sony.

vader501st
vader501st

A sequel to Ryse would be nice. The game has potential, but needs to improve a lot on its core mechanics.

Trevor Merrill
Trevor Merrill

The Xbox One is for verbally abusive pretentious doushebags...so a large portion of America.

Anthony Carbone
Anthony Carbone

Indie is best played on pc, or ps4 this gen,srry ms xbox one is jus that bad

Trevor Merrill
Trevor Merrill

Another case of MS playing follow the leader with Sony.

Cody Elford
Cody Elford

By the way, PC owns the indie market. Arguing weather Microsoft and Sony does a better job with indies is stupid for the fact that anything on consoles is immediately outclassed by the PC indie library.

alcaclarke
alcaclarke

Is it just me or do fanboy gamers leave the most ridiculous comments in comment threads? Everywhere I go...stupidity, ignorance and uneducated bias. Man, how embarassing!!!

OllieBrown
OllieBrown

@stev69 They have a history.  Happy Action Theater and Kinect Party as well as Once Upon a Monster are 360 exclusives that use Kinect.  Many smaller games from DF like Stacking and Iron Brigade have done well on the 360 too.

West123
West123

@idosofacility then that would be a digital future that's the only way game could be distributed...besides taketwo is not bad  

jacquelineferre
jacquelineferre

@the_real_VIP EA and Ubisoft are both publishers and they own or have a contract with a few studios that publish their games through them.

finaleve
finaleve

@Shadowdanc3r She's from a character from Divekick (in case you didn't catch that) but yeah... I'm sure half the people here saw that and clicked.

spotlifetv
spotlifetv

@vader501st 

I swear I was just thinking the same thing. The game was really good despite the reviews. I think the reviews were flawed in being super critical of the game. There was a lot of great things this game did and some things I feel could be improved are side quest, a bit more exploration, Roman age dealings (Going in to Inns, Bartering, Gambling, Training  and stuff like that) Collecting things like Armor Plates that can be used by your character and actually changing armor for quest and looting soldiers that are slain for rare valuable stuff. Earned Kill moves that add to the players arsenal of moves.

pspearman
pspearman

@diabolik_023 Because Crytek is an independent developer just like Valve and CD Projekt Red. The size of the business has nothing to do with being "indie" or not.

hystavito
hystavito

@noladem504 @the_real_VIP It's not about textbook definitions, it's how the word gets commonly used and the criteria many people use to define indies.

vader501st
vader501st

@spotlifetv Precisely my point, those are neat ideas, and it would be great to seem them implemented on a future installment. The foundation is there, they just need time to build upon it.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

Lies.
I read that Valve and CDPR are only 2-men team devs. :D

spotlifetv
spotlifetv

@vader501st @spotlifetv 

exactly. I think if the game was given a little more polish it could have been a Game Of The Year. Yes the game looks Great. Yes it has some great mechanics but it in by far a bad game. Some critics were very wrong with giving it anything less than a High 7 or Low 8 . Its Cinematic, Good voice acting and the music fits each situation. The Collision detection can be a bit better and controls could use a few more minutes in the development oven but I am hoping anxiously for a sequel